April 18, 2014
New wine keys! Eleven bucks! Represent!
April 17, 2014
Wine for Spring Feasts
The weather’s weird but Spring is here, and we can feel the difference in our souls. Windows are being opened, the farmer’s markets are starting to bustle with people and produce again, and we’re dancing in the streets and drinking in the park. Tonight’s tasting features one of the sure signs of the season- Rosé! Our friend Michael from Wineberry will be pouring two tremendous pink wines (one from a box), as well as a delightful Italian red, the perfect pairings for a weekend away, spontaneous Sunday brunches with friends, or traditional family dinners. Enjoy them tonight, 6-9 pm, alongside bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District.
Chateau Tassin Rosé Box, Bordeaux 2013
3L of delightful Bordeaux rosé packaged ingeniously in a wooden box? Oh, hell yeah! 3L is the equivilant of four bottles of wine on the shelf, and if you’re not on the boxed wine band wagon yet, this is a good way to test the waters. Vacuum packed in a bag within a box, the wine stays fresh for about a month, protected from two of fresh wines biggest enemies: excess air and light. So you can have a glass or two one day and come back a few days later for more of the same vibrant, lustrous wine… and repeat! Perfect for the solo drinker and large gatherings alike. The gorgeous packaging and incredible value has made Wineberry’s boxes a cult favorite of outdoorsy brides, smart party hosts, and those who want “just a glass” a day. Come on, everybody is doing it… $41
Domaine Vico Rosé, Corsica 2013
The beautiful island of Corsica has a rich and unique culture rooted in it’s lengthy history as part of ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, Italy, and now in the present day, as one of the 27 regions of France. Jean Vico planted his vineyards in the mountains of the Northeastern in 1902 at the very limit of the wine growing regions of the island at the time. His pioneering paid off, and over a century later the wines in his name remain beautiful expressions of the terroir. Native varietal Niellucciu blended with Syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault makes for an incredibly versatile and delicious libation- terrific with salmon (in all forms), caviar, fresh salads, and seafood tacos. $22
I Capitani Guaglione, Irpinia 2010
Capitani is a family-run vineyard passionate about creating and promoting the wines from Irpinia, a DOCG region of Campania in Southern Italy. A blend of Aglianico and Sangiovese, Guaglione is named for the regional slang equivilant to “dude”. Spicy and smoky, with bright red berry fruit this utterly satisfying red is a great pairing with eggplant parm, peppery roasted meats, and firey fra diavolo. Buonissimo! $20
April 15, 2014
WE COULDN’T BE MORE EXCITED! The fireworks are back on the East River this year! No doubt it will be a fun and busy 4th of July in Greenpoint- We’ll be sure to stock accordingly!Start planning your party now…
April 14, 2014
Hosting or attending a Passover Seder? Don’t forget our favorite part- the four cups of wine! According to tradition, everyone is to consume 4 glasses of wine with dinner, celebrating the birth of the Jewish people as a nation. What those 4 cups stand for us up for debate. The most popular belief is that they each represent The Four Expressions of Redemption, as laid out in Sh’mos/Exodus (6:6-7):
"Therefore, say to the children of Israel ‘I am Hashem, and I SHALL TAKE YOU OUT from under the burdens of Egypt; I SHALL RESCUE YOU from their service; I SHALL REDEEM YOU with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I SHALL TAKE YOU TO ME for a people and I shall be a G-d to you…."
Another theory, this time from the Sh”lah, is that each cup represents one of the great matriarchs, instrumental in the foundation of the nation of Israel: Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, and Leah.
Beginning tonight at sundown, Passover is a holiday steeped in rich religious history and tradition, from the foods served to the readings performed. Whether you’re celebrating with family or friends, and whether it’s your first or 50th Passover, Chag Same’ach!!!
April 10, 2014
Old World Wines for a BEAUTIFUL Spring Day
Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a tasting of three amazing values from across Europe. We’re talking romance languages, love stories, family values, and ancestral grapes… these wines have it all! Our friend Daniel from IPO wines will be here pouring and we’ll have bread from She Wolf and cheese from ED.
Elvio Tintero Grangia Rosato, Piemonte N/V
I always enjoy a good love story, and the one behind this delightful effervescent rosato is a gem. The estate dates back to 1900, when Frenchman Pierre Tintero travelled to Piemonte in search of employment. He got a job on a small vineyard doing odd jobs for widow Rosina Cortese who was struggling to keep things afloat solo. He quickly became an indispensable, and he and Rosina fell in love. Two years later, they married and lived happily ever after. Today, their great- grandson Marco carries on that legacy! 90% Barbera, 5% Moscato, and 5% Favorita, this pink refresher is fresh and dry with a hint of just-ripened red berry fruit, low alcohol and tiny, spritzy bubbles. Believe it or not, it’s gonna be hot soon, and this is what we’ll reach for. $15
Le Paradou Grenache, Rhone 2011
This pure, unoaked expression of Grenache is a fantastic red for this transitional time of year. Made by two handsome brothers in Luberon with estate fruit grown in accordance with the laws of Terre Vitis, an organization that ensures that properties respect the environment in which the vines are grown and stresses the benefits of integrated farming. These hard-core vineyard practices and high altitude, mountainside vineyard sites produce a vivacious and dynamic Grenache, bursting with fresh red fruit and spirited acidity. The Chaudiere brothers stress that this is a wine for sharing with family and friends, a wine for picnics and gatherings, and we couldn’t agree more. $14
Celler de Roure “Setze Gallets”, Valencia 2011
The name “Setze Gallets” translates to “16 Cookies”, which is a regional term for something that is a very good value… like this wine! Hailing from a recently revitalized 300+ year old vineyard, “Setze Gallets” is a blend of Garnacha, Merlot, Monastrell, and Mando. Here, juicy black fruit is balanced by exotic spice and a distinctive earthiness. Fire up the grill, my friends! This wine is terrific with bbq. $15
April 5, 2014
STAFF PICKS! Drink up Greenpoint.
April 5, 2014
"Meg is an all-around wonderful person and especially awesome Greenpoint woman! She’s thoroughly involved in the neighborhood and Greenpoint community. From servicing it directly and providing us all with wonderful wine at Dandelion Wine, to supporting neighborhood businesses and friends, attending her friends’ music and art shows, to bringing a positive ‘tude to nearly every situation. PLUS she just became a Certified Sommelier, which is no small feat. All-around stand-up lady."
The day we met, Meg was wearing a cheerful yellow sundress and the warmest smile I’d seen in awhile. She’s been brightening up the shop and my life ever since… Dandy loves you, Meg! XO Lily
April 4, 2014
NEW WHITE WINES FROM ITALY
L’Isola dei Profumo Terre Siciliane 2012: Cheap and cheerful blend of Sicilian native varietals Catarratto and Grecanico. Light, bright, dry, and sunny… easy like Sunday afternoon. $11
LUNAE Colli di Luni Vermentino 2012: Saline minerality with a lime-zest kind of lust for life! Fish, please! $21
Conte Leopardi Calcare Sauvignon 2012: Sancerre lovers rejoice! This elegant and dignified Sauvignon Blanc is an amazing alternative to the Loire Valley fave.
Agricola San Salvatore Falanghina Campania 2012: Lush and textural, with white peach and melon notes. Wildly satisfying.
Institut Agricole Regional Aoste Nus Malvoisie 2012: This is Pinot Grigio and it’s really, really good. Like, really good. Which is something I didn’t know was possible. It’s savory and generous and nuanced and slightly herbal. Consider me a convert.
April 3, 2014
THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING
Happy spring! Globe-trot with us tonight, 6-9 pm, as we taste three new wines from around the world! Our friend Mellissa from Banville and Jones will be pouring whites from Hungary and Italy and a red from Argentina- how’s that for a mix? We’ll have bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District. Be sure to stop by Duke’s Liquor Box after to taste a bourbon and two gins (one barrel aged!) from Ohio.
Evolucio Furmint, Tokaj 2012
This dry, versatile white comes from one of the oldest winemaking regions in the entire world. Tokaj is a UNESCO World Heritage site that boasts the world’s oldest wine classification system which started in 1730, several decades before Port wine and 120 years before Bordeaux. Soft and mineral-rich, with bright bursts of fresh citrus and stone fruit, Evolucio is one of our favorite new values to hit the shelves this season! $12
San Salvatore Falanghina, Campania 2012
This lush Italian white is textured and memorable, with a gentle, lingering finish that keeps you comin’ back for more. The soil in which the grapes are grown is rich with the traces of ancient volcanoes, endowing the wine with a distinctive minerality. Medium bodied and round without a single bit of oak. $23
Quattrocchi Malbec, Mendoza 2011
Giuseppe Quattrocci and Elena Camilleri moved from Italy to Mendoza in the seventies to put an old world touch on the brave new world. Today, their youngest daughter continues what they started! Hand harvesting and intervening only as much as neccesary in the winemaking process results in a pure expression of the ever popular grape. Spicy, ripe, and concentrated, just the way you want it. $15
April 2, 2014
Artworks Weekly Ep1: Scott Lenhardt